Katharyn has been working with East Side Heroes, a Bay Area nonprofit organization, for the past 3 years. She was recently appointed to the Board as the Secretary and Treasurer. East Side Heroes' primary mission is to provide mentoring and scholarships to low income students. These students are oftentimes the first person ever to attend college in their family. In addition to the 50+ hours each week she works at Sun, Katharyn spends 10-15 hours wearing many volunteer hats for East Side Heroes. She has organized fundraisers and successfully secured scholarship money from organizations including Sun's Employee Resource Group, Society of Latinos. In addition, she has coordinated media appearances such as the recent appearance on a San Jose, CA local television show, Comunidad del Valle.
Katharyn also provides invaluable administrative assistance to the organization which allows the staff to concentrate on mentor training to bring more mentors onboard to fill the enormous need that exists. Katharyn is honored to sit on the East Side Heroes Scholarship Review Panel helping with the scholarship recipient selection process. Because of Katharyn Rico-Drennon's endless compassion and dedication to service, low income families and under privileged students will continue to have access to a college prep education and long term mentorship as they become our next generation of community leaders.